Latin America & Caribbean

Frog species with yellow eyebrows found in Colombia

Handout pictured released in Bogota by the Humboldt Institute of a Pristimantis macrummendozai frog. A terrestrial frog with yellow eyebrows that lives in Colombia"s East Andes was identified as a new species by the Humboldt Institute researchers, reported the entity on March 8, 2016. Image copyright AFP
Image caption Pristimantis macrummendozai was discovered in the moorlands of central Colombia

Researchers say they have discovered a new frog species with distinctive yellow eyebrows in Colombia.

The frog has a dark camouflage pattern which allows it to blend in with the rocky soil on which it dwells.

Researchers with the Humboldt Institute found the frog, which they named Pristimantis macrummendozai, in the Iguaquen Merchan moorlands, in central Boyaca province.

Colombia is one of the world's most biologically diverse countries.

Researchers said that the species was well adapted to its moorland surroundings.

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Image caption It has distinctive yellow eyebrows and a camouflage pattern on its body

They said that female Pristimantis took advantage of the moist soil to lay their eggs in the ground.

According to their studies, the Pristimanti's preferred breeding environment was at high altitude, above 3,500m (11,500ft).

Environmentalists in Colombia have been fighting for the country's moorlands to be protected.

Last month, they celebrated when Colombia's constitutional court banned mining in the moorlands, arguing that it could cause irreversible damage to their fragile ecosystem.

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